This paper presents the performance of a focal plane array operating in transmit mode at 30 GHz for use in future Very Small Aperture Terminals (VSAT). The performance of the array is analyzed in front of a reflector with a small F/D ratio. The focal plane fields are synthesized using an array with aperture-coupled microstrip antennas. This configuration is used to determine the optimal excitation coefficients. A Silicon transmitter integrated circuit (IC) using a phase shifting up-converter operating at 30 GHz is designed and measured together with the antenna to generate a complex gain constellation for the required beam steering. The experimental results are used to calculate the far-field pattern of the complete system.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of The 8th European Conference on Antennas and Propagation (EuCAP) 6-11 april 2014, The Hague, The Netherlands|
|Place of Publication||Piscataway|
|Publisher||Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers|
|Publication status||Published - 2014|
Zamanifekri, A., Pei, Y., Chen, Y., Smolders, A. B., Leenaerts, D. M. W., & Geurts, M. (2014). Focal plane array with a Ka-band silicon transmitter on chip for VSAT applications. In Proceedings of The 8th European Conference on Antennas and Propagation (EuCAP) 6-11 april 2014, The Hague, The Netherlands (pp. 253-256). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. https://doi.org/10.1109/EuCAP.2014.6901737